DTC to install vehicle tracking system

NEW DELHI OCT. 3 .Continuing with its strides in the transportation sector, the Delhi Government is planning to install Automatic Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring System (AVTMS) for not only DTC buses but also ambulances, fire services and Delhi Jal Board. This would not only improve the efficiency of these services but also the response time in case of accidents, breakdowns, medical emergency, fire or water crises.

The experiment is being executed in the shape of a pilot project in five DTC buses and is expected to be extended to 200 other buses within the next two months. It would help the DTC to monitor operations of its fleet and check skipping of bus stops, over-speeding, route deviations, jumping of red lights, breakdown of buses, leakage of CNG or any such related incident.

The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, said the AVTMS was a highly efficient technology and was being implemented in DTC buses. She said plans were already afoot to install this system in ambulances, fire tenders, water tankers of Delhi Jal Board.

The best part about this technology, based on trunk radio, is that it would prove to be a great help in case of medical emergencies and accidents. It would be easier to track down the medical assistance vehicles and notify it about the accident or medical emergency by the use of such technology. Similarly, in case of water crisis in the city, the control room of Delhi Jal Board could make best use of its tankers and ensure they do not indulge in wrong doing or deviate from the task outlined for them. This would certainly reduce the response time and help in providing relief to the affected people within a short span.

As for the DTC, the Delhi Transport Minister, Ajay Maken, said AVTMS was making use of Global Positioning System technology. Every vehicle would be fitted with a GPS-based vehicle mounted united with communication based on trunk technology. The DTC had carried out successful field trials on five buses with the control room at the Indraprastha Bus Depot. This will be extended to 200 more DTC buses very soon and later even the private operators would be brought under this regime. Giving the highlights of the system, Mr. Maken said a huge electronic screen has been installed at the control room with red and green marks giving the entire routes of the city.

As soon as the buses leave the depot, they come under the AVTMS which would keep a track of these buses throughout their route.

The system would immediately reflect if the bus skips any bus stop, does not undertake complete journey, jumps a red light, indulges in over-speeding, does not run according to the time-table or indulges in route deviation.

Similarly, a screen would be provided in front of the driver which would flash messages to him from time to time if he indulges in any violation.

At the same time, a key board panel had also been installed near the driver with different coloured buttons. The driver could press these buttons in case of a CNG leak, fire in the bus, accident, medical emergency, breakdown or any such thing. Immediately the response van or the required service would be notified and dispatched to do the necessary job.

The system is being equipped to handle 5,000 buses, 800 routes and around 4,800 bus stops which have been codified through digital mapping. The AVTMS would cater to 10 terminals and 33 depots with a passenger capacity of 42 lakhs per day. Initially the system would be made applicable to 200 buses plying on 49 routes.

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